Economic advantages of protocol for North slowly seeping away

Cliff Taylor: Long-term costs could be significant as politics again trumps economics

A loyalist protest in Newtownards last June against the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A loyalist protest in Newtownards last June against the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland economy had a chance post-Brexit to reinvent itself using the terms of the protocol. This opportunity is now being spectacularly squandered by the politically-driven tactics of the DUP and Boris Johnson’s government.

Just as the economic evidence is building about the economic damage of Brexit, the DUP is failing to see that Northern Ireland has a way to make the best of it.

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